Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Navy Family of the Year Award {our trip to DC}

A mere two days after I had my last day at a normal 9-5 job Scott and I boarded a plan to Washington DC. This was not going to be just any trip to DC, this was a trip we will remember for the rest of our lives. A trip that will forever change Scott and I. It was a huge reminder of how much the Lord has blessed us.

Scott and I were so honored to be going to DC to represent the Navy Family of the Year, an honor bestowed on us by the National Military Family Association .  We were beyond flabbergasted when they called us at the end of June to let us know we had been selected. A dear and wonderful friend that Scott and I have both had the privilege of working with on base, Monica James, nominated us for the award.

The trip it self was perfect, I could not have asked for anything better {maybe not 100 degree heat, but that also made part of the trip so interesting.}

We had a few days of fun and exploring before the day we were honored at a luncheon. I will write more about those adventures later. On July 21, 2011 we attended a luncheon honoring all the military families from each branch that were selected. {crazy that exactly 2 months later on September 21, 2011 we found out Scott was selected for OCS}

This day will forever be ingrained in my head. It was one of the most amazing experiences. We were so blessed to have had my father and Scott's parents in attendance to see us get this award.

We were up bright and early and on a bus to go to the hotel where the luncheon was going to be held.

We did a quick run through to make sure we understood where to stand etc.

Before the luncheon there was a meet and greet organized for us. To say that we were in a room with top military officials would be an understatement.

{from the photo shoot we did there, how handsome is my husband??}

We had the honor of speaking to Mrs. Mullen, the wife of Admiral Mullen who is currently serving as the Join Chief of Staff to the United States. It was such an honor and privilege to be able to speak with her, and get encouragement to continue working to make our Navy community a better place.

We met a few Admirals and other high ranking officers and enlisted personnel. But what took the cake {i'm pretty sure I always make a cake reference, ha!} was meeting Admiral Greenert, who at the time was the Vice Chief of Naval Operations, VCNO. He is now the Chief of Naval Operations {CNO}. 

We spoke with Admiral Greenert for about 20 minutes. It was like being in a dream, silly to say, but it really felt that way. He was there to listen to us, talk to us, hear about what we had done, and how we received this honor.

The day before the luncheon Scott received a call from one of Admiral Greenert's staff members to find out more about us for the speech he was going to give. Scott shared with him our story and also that both my Dad and Mom had worked for Admiral Greenert about 10 years ago in San Diego. What a smaller world! {my dad worked for Admiral Greenert, as he is a prior submariner, and my mom was his ombudsman.}

It was awesome to know that he was genuinely there to celebrate and congratulate Scott and I. We didn't spend 20 minutes talking solely about the Navy or listening to Admiral Greenert talk about what he was doing, we spent it talking about family, making the Navy community a better place and laughing and joking.

{speaking with Admrial Greenert}

We also had the privilege of meeting The Honorable Juan Garcia Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. {ok, so this might battle taking the cake!} He was not on the list given to us of important people attending the event, and he is a very important person. So it was beyond cool that he showed up to speak to us. Scott spend a majority of the time talk to The Honorable Garcia while I spoke with Admiral Greenert. I just can't get over how unreal it all seemed. I did spend about 5 minutes talking to The Honorable Garcia and was so impressed. He knew so much about what I had done and so many details about the activities I had lead. Again, he was interested in what I had to say, my perspective on things etc.

After the meet and greet it was time for the Luncheon. We had a yummy lunch that I think everyone being honored was to nervous to eat.

Here is a video they played of Scott and I as we walked up on stage:

Here we are getting the award from Admiral Greenert.

Admiral Greenert made a hilariously funny speech. He talked about how small a world the Navy is and my Mom being his ombudsman, How my dad had taught me to be Mcguyver and fix things and how one of the first things I asked Scott when I met his was if he had a car!! {when we chatted at the meet and greet he asked how we met and so the story came out, hehe} He also said some wonderful things about Scott and I.

After his speech.

{I had to share this pic because Scott brings it up often how Admrial Greenert and I were chatting and joking during the event. He asked about Khloe and I shared a quick funny story}

Admiral Greenert, me, Scott, Scott's dad, Scott's mom, my dad

After the ceremony a staff worker for Senator Barbara Boxer came up to us and presented us a letter on Behalf of Senator Boxer. She was unable to attend but wanted to be sure we received her letter. It was such an honor to receive a letter from our Senator thanking us for our service and contributions to the community.

{group shot of all the families at the end}

Again, another small world story: the woman standing to the left of me grew up in San Diego and graduated from the same High School as I did! {10 years earlier, but take my word she does not look old enough to be 10 years older!}

This was a day Scott and I will never forget. We met so many wonderful people who were there to honor us. It felt so surreal. But I have to admit it was very cool to know that what we are doing does make a difference and other people recognize it.

It is my goal to continue to serve our community and make each place we go just a little bit better by giving back to it.


Eisley Rae Clothing said...

Wow! That is really a huge accomplishment! Congrats to both of you. Pretty inspiring too. I can only imagine how proud your families must be of you two!

L. Black said...

Very nice read! The blog looks great as well. Good job putting this story together and placing the photos in such an appropriate context.

Kristina said...

Wow this was such a great post! Congratulations, What a fabulous honor. I found and am now following your blog from Leilani's link up. Can't wait to read more :)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!! Following you through Soleil Selene's blog!

Life In The Thrifty Lane said...

Congrats to both of you!!! Thanks for following my blog now, I'm your newest follower too!

struck said...

Awesome post! I'm your newest follower from Soleil Selene! :)

Christa @ Little BGCG said...

Looks like you guys had a ton of fun!

Random fact I followed you ages ago on a reader that I got locked out of, I was randomly thinking hmmm I wonder what all those blogs are up too and then I joined this blog hop and bam there you are. Small world!

Sorta New follower from the Soleil Selene Blog Hop!

Sarah {the fontenot four} said...

Congratulations! What an honor! Now I'm your newest follower from soleil selene!! :)

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